Women’s History Month

Posted March 14, 2019 by Cathy Ogren
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March is Women’s History Month.  It’s a time to celebrate the accomplishments of women from all ethnic backgrounds and walks of life.

Peek inside these recently published picture books about mighty women.  You’ll find stories that will encourage your little ones to dream big dreams.

Janet Collins was the first African American prima ballerina to perform with the Metropolitan Opera in New York City.

Mary Fields was the first African American woman stagecoach driver who helped settle the American West.

Rachel Carson was a marine biologist, conservationist, and began the environmental movement.

Spring After Spring: How Rachel Carson Inspired the Environmental Movement

Sarah E. Goode was the first African American woman to receive a United States patent. (Coming April 2, 2019)

Katherine Switzer was the first woman to run the Boston Marathon with an official race number. (Coming April 2, 2019)

Eugenie Clark is best known for her research on shark behavior.

Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean's Most Fearless Scientist

Mae Jemison was the first African American to travel in space.

Mae Among the Stars

Grace Hopper was a pioneer in computer programming.

Grace Hopper: Queen of Computer Code (People Who Shaped Our World)

For Older Readers

Rad American Women A-Z: Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries who Shaped Our History . . . and Our Future! (City Lights/Sister Spit)

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A Perfect Animal Book for Young Readers

Posted March 7, 2019 by Cathy Ogren
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If your kids love animals and animal books, then Jennifer Ward’s, Mama Dug a Little Den is a perfect book for them.

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Open to the first page of the book and you’ll find three red fox kits staring at you. You can’t help but smile. Each page turn reveals a double spread of an animal in his/her habitat. Steve Jenkins has created fascinating paper collages that will immediately capture the attention of young readers. Combined with Jenkin’s art there is a fun, four-line rhyming text from Jennifer Ward that gives the reader information about the animal. Each rhyming text begins with “Mama dug a little den.” As an extra, Ward has included scientific information about the animal and the den on each page. This book lends itself to endless discussions about animals, where they live, and where you can find them.  Extended activities can include checking your own backyard for animal dens or making a paper collage of your favorite animal. I highly recommend this book.

 

Promote Reading with Dr. Seuss

Posted February 28, 2019 by Cathy Ogren
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Saturday, March 2nd, is Dr. Seuss’s birthday. In schools across the nation, children will be celebrating Read Across American Day on Friday, March 1st.

Don’t miss out. Grab a book and read!

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One book, two books.

Old books, new books.

 

Some are short and funny, too.

Some are long like a size twelve shoe.

 

Magic happens in a book.

Turn the page and take a look.

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Books can fly you to the moon

Just by riding on a spoon.

 

Happy, sad, or full of flair

Books can take you anywhere.

So …

Grab a book and grab a friend.

Read a book until the end.

 

It’s Read Across America Day!

Do you know what Dr. Seuss would say?

 

“The more that you read, the more things you will know.

The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

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See more about Read Across American here.

 

 

 

African American History Month

Posted February 21, 2019 by Cathy Ogren
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The month of February is dedicated to African American History.

There are many wonderful fiction and nonfiction books available at your library and/or bookstore to help you celebrate this month.

Check out the website below for a list of books that includes picture books to young adult books.

100 Best Children’s Books for African American History Month

And don’t forget to check out the Coretta Scott King Award books for 2019.

Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award

A Few Red Drops

Coretta Scott King (Author) Honor Book Awards

Finding Langston

The Parker Inheritance

The Season of Styx Malone

Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award

The Stuff of Stars

Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Honor Book Awards

Hidden Figures

Let the Children March

Memphis, Martin, And The Mountaintop

Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award

Monday’s Not Coming

Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Illustrator Award

Thank You, Omu!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Posted February 14, 2019 by Cathy Ogren
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“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.” – Helen Keller

 

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“The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves.” –Victor Hugo

Are You a Dreamer?

Posted February 7, 2019 by Cathy Ogren
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If you’re a dreamer, then you will love Dreamers written and illustrated by Yuri Morales. It’s a beautiful book. It received the 2019 Pura Belpré Illustrator Award, seven starred reviews, a New York Times/New York Public Library Best Illustrated Book of 2018, and more.

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As a lover of books and libraries, this book grabbed my heart. It’s based on Yuri Morales’ life story of coming to America with her young son. It’s simply told in beautiful language. Coming to the United States and unable to understand and speak the language, mother and son have much to learn. It’s a library that makes all the difference in their quest to fit in and find a safe haven to learn. They immerse themselves in books, and they slowly learn to read, to speak, and to write in English. Yuri Morales‘ illustrations are drawn in ink, painted with acrylics, and include scanned photographs of personal items. The combination of the vibrantly colored and imaginative illustrations along with the sparse text capture readers’ attention. It’s a book that celebrates the difficult and emotional journey of coming to a new country, and a book of hope and dreams for all to enjoy.

Celebrate Literacy with World Read Aloud Day

Posted January 31, 2019 by Cathy Ogren
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Tomorrow is World Read Aloud Day. It was created by LitWorld.

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This is from The National Council of Teachers of English on why the read aloud is important – The Power of the World Read Aloud.

Power: Reading, writing and storytelling continue to be the defining way to claim power and one’s own voice.
Community: The Read Aloud lifts a community and shapes it: the stories read, the poems discussed, the articles examined, together create an environment of reflection and trust.
Hope: Reading together assures our children that stories honor past, present and future. They are in the presence of other people’s dreams and can create some of their own too.

It’s a bit late to join in some of the events, but here are a few ideas from Here Wee Read.

  • Attend a read aloud event in your community or at a local library or bookstore.
  • Donate books you no longer want or need to a local organization, school, pediatric office, Little Free Library or shelter.
  • Read aloud a stack of 2 – 5 picture books at home with smaller kids or read aloud a couple of chapters together with older kids.

 

You can still celebrate this wonderful event. It’s for everyone – young and old. Read aloud to someone you love!

 

 


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